Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI) Announces Distribution Partnership with ADVA

Solutions from the Innovators in Data Transport at Native Speeds and
Lowest Latency are now Available through GCI

OLDSMAR, Florida – July 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Global Convergence, Inc., a Value-Added Distribution and IT services company, today announced that it is now distributing ADVA (FSE:ADV) solutions to its channel partner community in North America.

ADVA solutions enable the transport of increasing amounts of data across the globe and provide next-generation networks the ability to scale to meet bandwidth demands. As a channel-focused company that invests in its partners’ success, ADVA delivers best-in-class networking solutions, comprehensive training programs and opportunity registration for the channel.

GCI will distribute the full suite of ADVA solutions including Network Infrastructure Assurance, Packet Edge and Aggregation, and Scalable Optical Transport.

“GCI is excited to welcome ADVA to our portfolio of innovative and disruptive networking solutions,” said Yan Emery, Vice President Inside Sales and Sales Operations at GCI.
“GCI has a long and successful history of distributing MRV Communications solutions in the channel; MRV was acquired by ADVA last August, so this is really a perfect fit for us to bring the next generation of optical networking and open, software-defined solutions to our partners.”

“ADVA has a solid reputation of delivering innovative connectivity solutions around the globe. As we expand our channel within North America, partnering with GCI was an easy choice. It’s a company that shares our passion for turning innovation into customer success. Their partner enablement focus and their accomplished record with MRV make them a strong fit. Together, we’ll deliver solutions for tomorrow’s networks that are smarter, more agile and more secure,” said Stephen Zielke, Senior Director, Business Development and Channels, North America at ADVA.

About ADVA Optical Networking

ADVA Optical Networking is a company founded on innovation and driven to help our customers succeed. For over two decades, our technology has empowered networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future. For more information on how we can help you, please visit us at: www.advaoptical.com.

About Global Convergence, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring open and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Global Convergence, Inc. Completes SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type II Attestation

Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI) Completes SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type II Attestation

System and Organization Controls (SOC) Attestation Reports Demonstrate GCI’s Ongoing Commitment to Systems and Controls, that Instill Confidence & Trust with Customers

OLDSMAR, Fla., May 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI), a Value Added Distribution and IT services provider, today announced that its IT Services organization has received the System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 and SOC 2 Type II attestation reports. The completion of this engagement provides evidence that GCI has a strong commitment to maintaining a robust and effective internal control environment for the security of its Managed IT Services and associated systems.

The SOC attestation reports, issued by Control Logics, an independent CPA firm, confirms that GCI has met the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants [AICPA]. Control Logics assessed the design and operating effectiveness of controls implemented by GCI for the Security and Availability Trust Services Principles.

“The entire team here at Global Convergence is very proud of this milestone accomplishment,” said Jim Bradshaw, Chairman and CEO. “Our SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type II attestation reports reflect our tenacious approach to systems and controls excellence worldwide – with audits conducted at our headquarter facilities in Oldsmar, Florida and also Cluj, Romania.”

The report confirms GCI’s commitment to the most rigorous security standards and procedures in the industry. GCI offers trust-based services to its customers, and by communicating the results of this audit, they can be assured of their reliance on GCI’s internal controls.

“In 2017, GCI set strategic goals to achieve standards-based certifications around security, quality, privacy and continuity,” said Victor Berggren, CIO at Global Convergence. “We achieved our SOC 1 Type II in April, 2018 and SOC 2 Type II in January, 2018.”

About Global Convergence, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring open and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Global Convergence, Inc. Achieves ISO 27001:2013 Certification

Global Convergence, Inc. Achieves ISO 27001:2013 Certification

OLDSMAR, Fla., May 24, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI), a Value Added Distribution and IT Services provider, today announced that its IT Services organization has received ISO 27001:2013 certification for its Information Security Management System (ISMS).

ISO 27001:2013 is an information security standard published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards, and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

GCI’s certification was issued by A-LIGN, an independent and accredited certification body based in the United States upon successful completion of a formal audit process. This certification is evidence that Global Convergence has met rigorous international standards in ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its managed IT services and professional services delivered via GCI’s Mission Support Center (MSC).

“In today’s hyper-converged world of networking and information security, data integrity becomes an ever-increasing challenge,” said Jim Bradshaw, Chairman and CEO at Global Convergence. “GCI drives customer excellence with highly-effective, holistic processes that safeguard informational assets for businesses as evidenced by this attainment of our ISO 27001:2013 certification.”

“The entire GCI team was involved in meeting the comprehensive requirements of ISO 27001:2013 over the past year, and we achieved our certificate of compliance in January, 2018 for both our Oldsmar, FL location and our Cluj-Napoca location in Romania,” said Jason Roth, IT Security Manager at GCI.

“GCI recently announced completion of SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type II Attestation Reports,” said Victor Berggren, CIO. “Our ISO 27001:2013 certification further verifies our resolute dedication to standards-based certifications around security, quality, privacy and continuity.”

This certification demonstrates GCI’s continued commitment to information security at every level and ensures its customers that the security of their data and information has been addressed, implemented, and properly controlled in all areas of the organization.

About Global Convergence, Inc.

Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring open and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Global Convergence Welcomes Napatech

Napatech solutions enhance open and standard server platforms, helping IT organizations reimagine their network infrastructure

OLDSMAR, Florida – June 13, 2018 – Global Convergence, Inc., a Value Added Distribution and IT services company, today announced a partnership agreement with Napatech (OSLO:NAPA.OL), the leading provider of reconfigurable computing hardware and software solutions. GCI will sell, market and distribute Napatech’s SmartNIC software, hardware and the Pandion network recorder, a fully scalable, capture-to-disk solution that captures, stores and retrieves all network data to enhance management and security applications, to its value-added reseller and solution provider community.

The Napatech Reconfigurable Computing Platform improves the performance of leading IT applications for networking, security, big data, analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Their FPGA-based SmartNIC software and hardware offloads and accelerates burdensome workloads within standard server platforms, returning valuable CPU resources to the applications and services they were intended for.

“We are focused on expanding our end-user channel presence in the North American market,” said Joe Seiferth, vice president, Worldwide Channel Sales at Napatech. “We wanted to partner with a Value-Added Distributor that can effectively represent our FPGA-based solutions. GCI is exactly the partner we were looking for to help us meet the needs of our customers.”

“GCI is very pleased to welcome Napatech as a technology partner that strongly complements our high-growth portfolio of open and disaggregated networking solutions,” said Jim Bradshaw, chairman and CEO at Global Convergence. “An ongoing challenge that channel partners face is to seamlessly support their commercial customer requirements to monitor, compile and analyze the ever-increasing volumes of data flowing through their networks – the Napatech solutions help mitigate that challenge.”

About Napatech
Napatech helps companies to reimagine their business by bringing hyperscale computing benefits to IT organizations of every size. We enhance open and standard virtualized servers to boost innovation and release valuable computing resources that improve services and increase revenue. Our reconfigurable computing platform is based on a broad set of FPGA software for leading IT compute, network and security applications that are supported on a wide array of FPGA hardware designs. Additional information is available at: www.napatech.com

About Global Convergence, Inc.
Founded in 1990, Global Convergence Inc. (GCI) is the channel’s services and solutions company. GCI empowers solution providers to bring open and disruptive technologies to market that complement their portfolio and provide them with new revenue opportunities. With a strong foundation as a U.S.-based value-added distributor with a full, channel-driven IT services portfolio specializing in voice and data networks and enterprise mobility, GCI has global capabilities in 170 countries. To learn more, visit www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

GCI News

Global Convergence Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers.  GCI has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th Annual Channel Futures 2019 MSP 501 List.  Press Release.

Worldwide Wow

Global Convergence congratulates Bruno Faria Alves for successfully completing the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certification.  Based in our Brazil office, Bruno is now CCIE #62533.

The GCI family continues to grow!  Welcome to our newest team of GCI Engineers and Incident Management that is being established in Brasov, Romania.

GCI is proud to have sponsored the BattleLab Robotica International Sumo Robotic Competition event in Cluj-Napoca Romania. We salute creative problem solving and we’re always on the lookout for bright minds to join GCI; it’s the best place ever.

GCI Certifications

GCI has invested in universally accepted standards and has achieved and maintains certifications for ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013, SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2. Additionally, GCI supports the efforts of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission and has certified for the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework program.

Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI) Maintains 18-Year Run with Cisco Gold Certified Partner Status

Rarity of Certified Gold Partners Continues to Distinguish GCI within a Highly Elite
Cisco Partner Population that Have Achieved Gold Certification

OLDSMAR, Florida – February 14, 2019 – Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI), a global Managed and Professional IT solution provider, today announced that for the 18th year, it has successfully met all requirements for maintaining the highly coveted Cisco Gold Certified Partner status. Out of the over 12,000 Cisco Partners, GCI has maintained this elite status that fewer than 1% of Cisco Partners achieve, since 2000.

Cisco Gold Certified Partner status, including personnel, support, specialization and Hybrid IT, further demonstrates GCI’s commitment to excellence, its expertise and qualification to sell, install and support Cisco solutions in the USA.

“GCI’s persistent status as a Cisco Gold Certified Partner for almost two decades is yet another key evidence that the business keeps focused on delivering the highest levels of quality that continue to facilitate positive customer outcomes,” said Jim Bradshaw, Chairman and CEO at Global Convergence. “In addition, GCI holds several Cisco specializations with our latest, for Advanced Data Center Architecture in the USA achieved earlier this month.”

“GCI is thrilled to be recognized by Cisco at their highest level of partnership. With our Brazil authorization and our Global Partner Network designation, we are very proud to be a global partner. GCI has worked hard to attain five specializations, as well as the Managed Security, Managed Business Communication and Cloud & Managed Services Provider certification,” said John Medaska, Chief Revenue Officer. “As a SERVICES LED Cisco Gold Partner for both managed services and full global implementation and transformation services, we feel our value is enormous to our customers and channel partners that we support. GCI’s attainment of this certification since 2000 demonstrates the exceptional value GCI brings to the table, and helps to differentiate us as someone that Cisco customers can count on and trust.”

About Global Convergence, Inc.

Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI) – Global Managed Services, Digital Transformation Services and Emerging Technology Solutions. Our mission is to deliver innovative services and solutions that create positive outcomes for our partners. Whether it be legacy technology, leading-edge technology (SDN/SD-WAN), cloud services, security or mobility, we provide comprehensive IT support services in all regions around the globe.

GCI is a strategic partner with a ‘customer success first’ culture and a truly global reach. Place your IT Lifecycle service needs in the hands of a trusted specialist so you can focus on your core business value. GCI maintains the following International industry certifications for quality, security and compliance: ISO 9001:2015, ISO 27001:2013, SOC 1, SOC 2 Type II Attestation.

To learn more, visit www.globalconvergence.com, or follow us at LinkedIn and Twitter.

Global Convergence, Inc. Officially Certifies Under ISO 9001:2015 Standard

ISO 9001:2015 is the Most Widely Used Quality Management Systems
(QMS) – Standard in the World

OLDSMAR, Florida – July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Global Convergence, Inc. (GCI), a Value Added Distribution and Managed IT services provider, today announced that its Managed IT Services organization has formally certified under the ISO 9001:2015 Standard for Quality Management Systems.

ISO 9001:2015 is the internationally recognized standard for Quality Management Systems and the most widely used QMS standard in the world with over 1.1 million certificates issued to organizations in 178 countries.

GCI’s certification was issued by NQA, a leading global, independently accredited certification body, providing assessments (audits) of organizations to various Management System Standards since 1988. NQA is part of NTS, the leading independent provider of environmental simulation testing, inspection and certification services in the USA.

“NQA is delighted to award Global Convergence, Inc. accredited certification for ISO 9001:2015. Their achievement is a testament to their commitment and dedication in providing their clients with quality IT services along with exceptional customer service and we are proud to have worked with them through their assessments,” noted NQA.

“This is a key milestone in GCI’s ongoing journey that demonstrates our level of commitment to quality at the core of consistently delivering positive outcomes for our customers,” said Jim Bradshaw, Chairman and CEO at Global Convergence.

ISO 9001 provides a framework and set of principles that ensure a common-sense approach to the management of processes that organizations utilize to satisfy customers.

“The entire team at GCI was diligent in working together to formulate and document repeatable methods that safeguard the execution of processes and identification of improvement opportunities,” said Al Samsel, VP Global Project Management Operations at Global Convergence. “The ISO 9001:2015 QMS helps facilitate customer satisfaction, operational efficiency, internal auditing, risk management and training among other critical business process disciplines,” he added.

“GCI’s attainment of ISO 9001:2015 accreditation is the centerpiece of the recent certifications (ISO 27001:2013 and SOC 1 and SOC 2 Type II Attestation Reports) that we’ve announced for both our Oldsmar, FL location and our Cluj-Napoca location in Romania,” said Victor Berggren, CIO. “Congratulations to the entire GCI team, and especially to the QMS Steering committee, Thomas Cunningham, Alexandra Epure, and Adrian Betiu for excellence, leadership, focus and seamless execution of this project.”

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